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2010-01-09 08:50:00

A recent increase in winter mortality in Atlantic puffins could be due to worsening conditions within the North Sea, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Marine Biology.

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2008-07-18 11:16:49

What do puffins – colorful-billed birds looking like miniature penguins – have to do with the work we do at NASA?


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2005-06-14 11:49:56

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is an auk with a brightly colored beak. It is a pelagic seabird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. Atlantic Puffins breed in large colonies, nesting in crevices or burrows. This particular puffin is 28-34 cm in length, with a 50-60 cm wingspan and is mainly black above and white below, with a pale grey face and orange legs. The bright orange bill plates grow before the breeding season and are shed later. The bills are used in courtship...

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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.